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Contemporary Istanbul and Soho House Berlin host a discussion on Turkish art

On June 26, Soho House Berlin and Contemporary Istanbul hosted a panel on “Collecting Turkish Contemporary Art.” Among the noted participants were renowned performance artist Nezaket Ekici; CI Executive Committee Member Professor Hasan Bülent Kahraman; and Turkish collector Saruhan Doğan.
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On June 26, Soho House Berlin and Contemporary Istanbul hosted a panel on "Collecting Turkish Contemporary Art.” Among the noted participants were renowned performance artist Nezaket Ekici; CI Executive Committee Member Professor Hasan Bülent Kahraman; and Turkish collector Saruhan Doğan.

While Kahraman acted as moderator and addressed the state of contemporary Turkish art, Saruhan Doğan spoke about his own collection, giving additional, personal insights into Turkey’s contemporary art scene. Additional comments from CI’s Chairman Ali Gureli addressed the ways in which the art scene has changed over the ten years of CI’s tenure and accordingly, the ways in which collecting in this context has grown.

Güreli said, "With the growth of Contemporary Istanbul, Turkish collectors have started to collect more international artists. At the same time, international collectors have started to collect Turkish contemporary art.” Güreli also stressed that visitors to Contemporary Istanbul regularly discover newer art works, becoming immersed in the changing face of contemporary art across the world. 

Contemporary Istanbul in London to honor its 10th Anniversary

On the 23rd of June, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner in Collectors Mrs. Freda Uziyel and Mr. Izak Uziyel’s residence in North London.
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On the 23rd of June, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner in Collectors Mrs. Freda Uziyel and Mr. Izak Uziyel’s residence in North London. 

The evening’s guests were notable collectors, art professionals and journalists altogether at the exclusive event, including, London-based Persian collector Fatima Maleki, art advisor and author Alistair Hicks, collector and co-founder-chairman of the SAHA Association for the Arts Füsun Eczacıbaşı, collector and De Beer Diamond Jewellers CEO François Delage, founder of The Museum of Everything James Brett, Frieze Art Fair Director Victoria Siddall, founder of Artuner and collector Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, founder of Siegfried Contemporary  Andreas Siegfried, and gallery representatives from Purdy Hicks, White Cube, Sprüth Magers, Lisson, Blainsouthern, Sadie Coles, Thomas Dane, as well as hosts İzak and Freda Uziyel, CI Artistic Advisor  Marc Olivier Wahler, CI Ambassador at Large Hasan Bülent Kahraman, CI chairman Ali Güreli and CI Vice Chairperson Rabia Güreli. 

During the evening, Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman, Ali Güreli and İzak Uziyel welcomed the guests and addressed the importance of Turkish art and the Turkish art market in the global scene. 

Contemporary Istanbul Chairman Ali Güreli said; "We are in London at the heart of the arts, contemporary art, finance and global relations. These are all factors we have also placed at the core of Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul is a global and glocal contemporary event and it is much beyond being a mere art fair.’ 

Güreli said that CI is in the course of opening a branch of Contemporary Istanbul in London and added: ‘We are not living the past and not today, we are focusing on future and our focus on locality allowsContemporary Istanbul to showcase work made by artists from the wider region. Eastern Europe, Balkans, the Caucausus, Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region are all at arm’s reach.” 

The night was organized with the support of Tourism and Culture Ministry.  

Paris Celebration of Contemporary Istanbul's 10th Anniversary

On June 12th, Contemporary Istanbul and the Turkish ambassador to France in Paris, Hakkı Akil, welcomed noted art world figures—including leading collectors and patrons—to a dinner at the ambassador's private residence to celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s landmark tenth anniversary.
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On June 12th, Contemporary Istanbul and the Turkish ambassador to France in Paris, Hakkı Akil, welcomed noted art world figures—including leading collectors and patrons—to a dinner at the ambassador's private residence to celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s landmark tenth anniversary. 

Joining Ambassador Akil were Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman Ali Güreli; Contemporary Istanbul Ambassador at Large Hasan Bülent Kahraman; and Contemporary Istanbul’s Artistic Consultant Marc Olivier-Wahler, along with guests Palais De Tokyo Director Bernard Chenebault; Director of Gallery Lelong Patrice Cotensin; Societe des Amis de Centre Pompidou Marie- Stefane De Sercey; new media collector and president of Amis Du Jeu De Paume Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaitre; Founder of Pera Capital Louis Negre; founders of Dena Fundation for Contemporary Art Giuliana Setari ve Tomasso Carusi and CI Paris Ambassador Susanne Van Hagen. 

Contemporary Istanbul got together with collectors, art galleries and art institutions in Tehran

Contemporary Istanbul continues to celebrate its 10th year in different cities around the world. On June 1, Tehran hosted a dinner for Contemporary Istanbul, gathering collectors, press, gallery owners and other art professionals at the residence of the Ambassador of Turkey to Iran, Hakan Tekin.
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Contemporary Istanbul continues to celebrate its 10th year in different cities around the world. On June 1, Tehran hosted a dinner for Contemporary Istanbul, gathering collectors, press, gallery owners and other art professionals at the residence of the Ambassador of Turkey to Iran, Hakan Tekin. 

Speaking at the event, Contemporary Istanbul chairman Ali Gureli announced that this year, the fair will allocate an exclusive area for Iranian contemporary art. Güreli, said: "This region has very special and unique art, Turkey and Iran are very close in terms of culture, and we can cooperate in many terms, because we have a shared history.” Noting that this year Contemporary Istanbul will host not only galleries but also art centers and foundations from Iran, Güreli added: "We have always believed in the virtue of this great culture. We have always viewed Iran’s heritage as one of the most impressive and fascinating.”

Contemporary Istanbul hosts a reception at New Museum in New York for its 10th year celebrations

On May 18 Contemporary Istanbul will host an event at New York’s New Museum as part of its 10th year celebrations. The reception which will be organized on May 18 as part of the New Museum Triennial will be gathering many collectors, art professionals and Turkish artists.
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The event will be organized in the Sky Room of New Museum. The New Museum’s Triennial, which runs through May 24th is, and has been since 2009, an insightful look at promising emerging artists chosen as the best representation of ‘the now’ —the exhibition title this year, "Surround Audience.” Turkish contemporary artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, one of fifty-one artists exhibiting at this year’s Triennial will discuss her work as well as her practice, including Long Ago Person Found (2015), which is on display at the exhibition.  

Prominent collectors, curators and gallerists as well as important art world players will attend the talk, and will be welcomed by Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman Ali Güreli will also address attendees during the event. Güreli will focus on contemporary Istanbul's status as a global brand in the arts, and will speak further about the relationship between art and city, including the where's and hows of possible art cities in the future.  

This third iteration of the Triennial is titled "Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. Founded in 1977, the New Museum aims to discover new and fresh art---an approach shared by CI. The reception will be organized with the support of Leyla Alaton, who is the member of International Leadership Council Members and also with the support of Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Turkish collector Ahmet Kocabıyık is among the supporters of New Museum Triennial. 

'Metanoia' book presentation during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015

10th year celebrations of Contemporary Istanbul continues in Berlin Gallery Weekend presenting Yaşam Şaşmazer's book. On the occasion of the 10th year celebrations of Contemporary Istanbul and as part of the Berlin Gallery Weekend Contemporary Istanbul and BERLINARTPROJECTS host book presentation of Yaşam Şaşmazer's "Metanoia."
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10th year celebrations of Contemporary Istanbul continues in Berlin Gallery Weekend presenting Yaşam Şaşmazer's book. On the occasion of the 10th year celebrations of Contemporary Istanbul and as part of the Berlin Gallery Weekend Contemporary Istanbul and BERLINARTPROJECTS host book presentation of Yaşam Şaşmazer's "Metanoia." 

Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Marcus Graf will talk about her newest sculpture series and the release of "Metanoia” during the Gallery Weekend 2015 on May 2 at BERLINARTPROJECTS gallery space. Graf has contributed to the text to this book and will discuss his views on Şaşmazer's work. "METANOIA” is Şaşmazer’s second solo exhibition that opened in 2014  at MSFAU TOPHANE-İ AMİRE. "Metanoia” means a spiritually drastic transformation, a reconstruction and healing. For Yasam Şaşmazer the effort of confronting the shadow and internalizing it through her sculptures expresses a kind of spiritual and mental transformation, "Metanoia”.

Contemporary Istanbul’s Selection Committee evaluates art galleries from 32 different cities in Brussels

A Selection Committee for the 10th year of Contemporary Istanbul gathered in Brussels. The committee for the 10th year of the fair gathers professionals and opinion leaders of the art world.
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A Selection Committee for the 10th year of Contemporary Istanbul gathered in Brussels. The committee for the 10th year of the fair gathers professionals and opinion leaders of the art world. 

The Selection Committee consisting of collector Nathalie Mamane Cohen, artistic advisor and curator Marc-Olivier Wahler, curator and collector Freda Rozenbaum -Uziyel, gallery owner Kerimcan Güleryüz  and Contemporary Istanbul director Silvia Koch have evaluated total of 189 art gallery from 32 cities – except Istanbul- that have applied to take place in the 10th edition of CI, which will take place between November 12 and 15. The committee has evaluated the galleries according to three main categories such as, ‘Galleries,’ ‘Emerging Galleries’ and ‘Solo Show.’ 

While CI localizes Istanbul as one of the art centers of the region and attracts prominent art galleries, the committee will be gathering again on June 13, 2015 in Paris and decide the final list of the galleries.  The Selection Committee also suggested many important collectors who support leading museums in Europe and US. CI will be hosting 600 collectors from all over the world.

Contemporary Istanbul gathered with art lovers in Amman and Beirut to celebrate its 10th year

Contemporary Istanbul, the premiere art fair of the region, is celebrating its 10th year. As part of its international program a series of events around the world have been organized, and will be hosted by friends of Contemporary Istanbul.
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Contemporary Istanbul, the premiere art fair of the region, is celebrating its 10th year. As part of its international program a series of events around the world have been organized, and will be hosted by friends of Contemporary Istanbul. 

Contemporary Istanbul, the most important art fair of the region is celebrating 10 years on 2015. As part of its international programme a series of events around the world have been organised and hosted By Contemporary Istanbul and friends of CI Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon has been the two latest cities in which collectors, press members and gallery owners joined to celebrate and know more about CI’s 10th anniversary.  

Ali Güreli, Chairman of Contemporary Istanbul, said "Contemporary Istanbul has become a global brand in the last 10 years and now there is more international interest than ever in what we have to offer and the Turkish market. We are very honoured to be welcome in cities such as New York, Basel, Dubai, London, Beirut and Amman to present our plans for the 10th anniversary. I am very excited to see the increasing international interest and energy about the fair”. 


Contemporary Istanbul announces Silvia Koch as new Director

Silvia Koch joins the Contemporary Istanbul team as the Director of its 10th edition.
From 2007 to 2014 Koch worked at artnet, responsible for galleries in Berlin and
London, and is credited for successfully guiding the artnet team into a new and highly
successful era. In addition, she has worked as various well know galleries including
Galerie Christian Nagel and Arndt Contemporary, and has organized several
contemporary art exhibitions in Berlin.
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With more than twelve years of working in the arts Koch’s impressive knowledge of the art market, (primary and secondary, both online and offline), and expertise in global markets----with a focus on North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East---will be infused into her her new position at Contemporary Istanbul. Koch is very well connected with a focus on contemporary art galleries, museums and collectors. 

About her new position Silvia Koch said, "I am extremely delighted to have the opportunity to work for Contemporary Istanbul, the most established art fair in the region and I am looking forward to introducing galleries from East and West to the established and emerging collectors, museums, art critics and art lovers, and vice versa.” Koch joins a team that, over the last decade, has established Contemporary Istanbul as the leading fair in Turkey and the premium showcase of global contemporary art in the region. The 10th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul Fair will further introduce longerrunning and more expansive projects like CI Education: a series of education program, conferences and discussions on art, and CI Art Initiatives: presenting outstanding projects from not-for-profit arts organizations. 

Over the last decade, Contemporary Istanbul has established itself as the leading fair in Turkey and the premium showcase of global contemporary art in the region. CI brings East together with West, and looks, too, at the Black Sea, Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean regions in addition to Turkey and further afield, in terms of attending galleries and collectors. The last edition hosted more than 108 galleries from 23 countries and welcomed over 80,000 visitors. As a result of its diverse collector base, CI was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research in New York as the second most attended contemporary art fair in the frontier markets. And, according to Artnews’ article, the fair is the fifth most visited art fair in the world only after ARCO Madrid, the Armory Show in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, FIAC, and Art Basel. 

Contemporary Istanbul welcomes Marc-Olivier Wahler as its Artistic Advisor!

In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor.
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In preparation of its 10th edition, Contemporary Istanbul has taken on pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler, as its Artistic Advisor. 

Currently Wahler is the founder and director of Chalet Society, Paris, an exhibition space that goes beyond the white box and delves into ideas, education, creation, and collection all in a community space. Previously, in 1995 he co: founded CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and stood as its director until 2000, exhibiting artists during his tenure like Jonathan Monk, Franz West, Mike Kelley, Ugo Rondinone, and Paul McCarthy. In 2000 until 2006 Wahler was at the helm of the Swiss Institute in New York, curating large scale exhibitions with artists, including Urs Fischer, Takashi Murakami, Jim Shaw, and Aleksandra Mir. And, from 2006, until he founded the Chalet Society in 2012, Wahler was the director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and was the founding editor of Palais/ Magazine. Under his directorship there, the Palais de Tokyo was regarded as Paris’ best champion of emerging talent.
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